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10 back-to-school beauty rules


DO Deep condition your hair
If you spent your summer out in the heat, or swimming in your BFF’s pool, chances are that your hair is in dire need of a deep conditioner from the hot air and chemical overload. It’ll help to restore any moisture to your hair. However, there is such a thing as over-conditioned hair, which leaves your hair limp and lifeless. Stick to once a week on the deep conditioners.

DON’T Try to pop pimples
Popping pimples only makes things worse. The best plan of action is to keep washing with a really good cleanser. It might not work overnight, but eventually the chemicals will fight off the pimple, and your skin won’t be left with a horrible scar. In the meantime, try a lightweight concealer to cover up the offender and let the cleanser do its job.

DO Exfoliate
A good exfoliator will remove any dead skin cells and make way for healthier ones. Scrubs are the best way to go when you’re trying to keep your skin fresh. Gently buff once or twice a week to reveal skin that’s totally fresh and glowy.

DON’T Cake on the makeup
This is the cheesiest line in the book, but nothing could be more true— less is always more. Beauty really does come from the inside. Don’t worry about wearing layers of foundation, eyeliner and mascara, especially for school. You’re going to class, not out to a fancy dinner. Keep things lightweight and neutral for back-to-school.

DO Keep those pearly whites shiny
A good brush can definitely be the difference between a sparkling smile and a dull one. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning, and once before bed. This will get rid of any gunky plaque that might be building up. While brushing keeps your teeth looking clean, flossing is the best thing you can do for them. By flossing at least once a day, you can remove any particles left behind, keep your teeth white and your smile bright.

DON’T Use heat on your hair daily
Especially after a summer of laying out in the sun and diving into pools, heat styling is the last thing you want to give your locks a daily dose of. Using a flat iron or a curling iron can do some serious damage to your ends, leaving them fried and split. Try switching up your hairstyles every once in a while by braiding it, scrunching it, and even going natural. Give your hair a break and try out something new!

DO Clean your brushes
By cleaning your brushes, you can get rid of any bacteria, oil, or makeup build up that might cause your skin to break out. An easy way to do this is pick up a bottle of baby oil to use as a soap. It’s lightweight and gentle, so it will leave your bristles feeling super soft, but it will get the job done.

DON’T Keep products for too long
A lot of beauty products can last a while before they should be thrown out. However, when it comes to some products such as mascaras or eyeliners, you need to clean them out about every 3 months. It’s very common for eye makeup to grow bacteria that can be harmful to your peepers. Make sure you’re keeping your makeup bag filled with relatively new products to steer clear of any infections.

DO Stash supplies in your locker
Having a mini arsenal of personal products in your locker definitely makes any schoolday mishaps easier to deal with. Travel-size deodorant, extra tampons and pantiliners don’t take up much space, but can really come to your rescue when you’re in distress. Keep ’em in a cute (and discreet) pencil case.

DON’T Stay up way late
We know you’re used to staying up late during the summertime, but with school starting, that just isn’t a good idea anymore. Not only will you be completely exhausted during class, but you’ll also get dark circles under your eyes. Getting a solid 8 hours of sleep each night will keep you looking fresh and feeling fab on a daily basis.

BY KATELYN LESTER ON 7/31/2011 9:00:00 AM

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